September Wex Gallery Photography Competition Winners!

For September's theme we gave you the theme of "Fashion and Apparel". Fashion refers to anything which is popular in a culture at any given time. Fashion trends often change rapidly and it's something we are subjected to through the media in our day to day lives. For a lot of people fashion is a way to express yourself as you choose what style you find interesting and choosing to follow the current "trend" depends on what kind of person you are. To the people in the fashion industry it covers everything from makeup, to accessories and the shoes you wear on your feet. A few weeks ago we published a post on "How to Shoot London Fashion Weekend", a new experience which opened our eyes to this type of photographic industry.

In first place: Sophie by Darren Athersmith


Sophie / Username: dathersmith / Equipment Used: Nikon D3S 70-200mm Lens / Techniques used: Slight levels adjustment


About the photo: The photo was taken in the old bar area of a Victorian Theatre that has not been used since the 70's. I gained permission to shoot in the theatre and thought a burlesque theme would be good so Sophie borrowed the corset and I took along my off camera flash. When we got there the natural light coming through the huge windows was just too good to miss so we didn't bother with flash and simply used natural light. We opened the doors on the old wooden unit and found the mirror which just added that extra element to the picture. We took loads of shots in various parts of the theatre and had to use flash inside as it was so dark but this one in front of the windows is one of my favourites.

Check out Darren's photos on his Website and Facebook.

In second place: Retro Glamour by Mark Sayer

Mark Sayer

Retro Glamour / Username: Mark Sayer / Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikon 24-70mm: 58mm f/8 ISO400 1/60th / Techniques used: Converted to mono in Lightroom, contrast boosted


A few words from Mark: I was working for an exhibitor at the Professional Beauty Show 2012 in London. During the weekend Amy Childs launched a new range of lashes and this shot is from her press launch. What I really do like about this image is that my flash hadn't recycled and didn't fire, but this gave perfect shadows from a couple of other strobes that fired while the shutter was open. Converted to monochrome and with Amy modelling a beehive haircut it really gives the images a retro 60s feel.

You can view more of Mark's work on his Flickr page.

In third place: Old Boots by Sven Roden


Distressed through hard work, not fashion / Username: snjscuba / Equipment used: Nikon D40x, AF-S Nikkor 35mm 1:1.8G DX, tripod mounted. Exposure ISO 100, F2.5, HDR 1ev apart / Techniques used: HDR tonemapped using Photomatix Pro, high-pass filtered in Photoshop. Parchment texture added as overlay layer


The story behind the image: These old boots of mine were finally being retired, after many years of fine service.  With a rich texture of scratches and creases, I thought they would make a good still life study, as well as a great opportunity to give them a moment in the limelight.  I miss them!

Check out Sven's snaps on his Flickr page.

A few more of our favourite entries


Vintage Fashion / Username: Printdevil / Equipment Used: Nikon D5000 + Sigma 18-200 OS HSM, f/5.6, 1/50s, ISO200 / Post-Production Techniques Used: Colour desaturation, sharpen and crop



Autumn fashion / Username: autumn fashion / Equipment Used: Canon 7D, Canon 100mm f2.8, of camera Canon Speedlight EX430ii / Post-Production Techniques Used: Lightroom 4, white balance adjustments, contrast, detail adjustments


Savo Ilic

Portrait of young man from Camden Town / Username: Savo Ilic / Equipment Used: Nikon D60 / Post-Production Techniques Used: Canon Digital Photo Professional


60's Chic / Username: youngs / Equipment Used: D1300 / Post-Production Techniques Used: CameraBag 2 app = black and white



Flag Hat / Username: SusieMH / Equipment Used: Canon 7D, 18-135mm / Post-Production Techniques Used: Crop, Levels



'Precious' - a dog in Los Angeles / Username: EmmaD / Equipment Used: Canon 50D plus EF-24-70mm f2.8L lens @ 54mm; ISO200; f8; 1/640 / Post-Production Techniques Used: Aperture 3 for brightening, cloning of background and lifting shadows


Graham Jewson

Oakley / Username: Graham Jewson / Equipment Used: sonya100 elinchrom snoot / Post-Production Techniques Used: starburst droped in photoshop


Thank you to everyone who entered! The October theme "Atmosphere" is now in full swing and will close at 5pm on Wednesday 31st October.

To view our standard competition rules please click here. Please note the judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Rules reminder: Please ensure your images do not exceed a width of 1024 pixels and a height of 768 pixels.